Corbin Wagner

Instructor of Horn, Interlochen Arts Academy; Faculty, Interlochen Horn Institute 

Associate Professor of Horn, Michigan State University College of Music

Corbin Wagner is a highly regarded horn performer, teacher, and longtime member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

Kansas City-born Wagner received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, where he studied with Professor Louis Stout. Upon his graduation in 1979, he became a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, retiring in 2013. In 1989, he earned a master’s degree from the University of Michigan. He became the Associate Professor of Horn at the Michigan State University College of Music in 2012, and has served as Adjunct Professor of Horn at Oakland University, the University of Michigan, and Wayne State University.

Wagner has received many prestigious performing honors, including third prize at the 1983 Munich International Horn Competition. He also took first prize at the Heldenleben International Horn Competition, now called the American Horn Competition, in hand horn, valve horn, and horn quartet. He has performed as soloist in the Detroit area, including performances of Schumann Konzertstuck, Strauss Concerto No. 2, Mozart Concerto No. 4, the Britten Serenade, Shindig by Godfrey, the Mozart quintet and the Brahms Trio.

In 2014 he released his first CD, the “Wagner Trio.” This CD features new works for the ensemble of soprano, horn, and piano. He is actively expanding the repertoire for this group through commissions.

Wagner also performs with the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, the Peninsula Music Festival, the Palm Beach Opera, and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. He is an experienced clinician, giving clinics around the country. He is owner of a horn music publishing company called Cornopub. Wagner and his wife, Wendy, have grown five children.